Updated Nov, 2015
Zechariah is dual, and is about the building of the nation, the temple and Jerusalem, and the restoration of true religion in the days of Ezra / Nehemiah [details to be found in those books]; as an allegory about the restoration of true religion and a united Israel, and the building of Jerusalem and the temple [including their spiritual counterparts] by Jesus Christ in our day.
God tells the people through Zechariah that he was sore displeased with the sins [Sabbath breaking and idolatry] of their fathers; just as Jesus Christ is sore displeased with our sins [Sabbath breaking and idolatry] today.
Zechariah 1:1 In the eighth month, in the second year of Darius, came the word of the LORD unto Zechariah, the son of Berechiah, the son of Iddo the prophet, saying,
1:2 The LORD hath been sore displeased with your fathers.
A Call to Repentance for them AND for us today!
1:3 Therefore say thou unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Turn ye unto me, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will turn unto you, saith the LORD of hosts.
Let us not be as the ancients with their idolatry and Sabbath / High Day polluting. Let us STOP cooking, working and buying food and drink or anything else; on Sabbath and High Days; and let us observe them on the days that God has commanded, in the way that God has commanded.
Let us STOP idolizing men above the Word and commandments of Almighty God.
1:4 Be ye not as your fathers, unto whom the former prophets have cried, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Turn ye now from your evil ways, and from your evil doings: but they did not hear, nor hearken unto me, saith the LORD.
1:5 Your fathers, where are they? and the prophets, do they live for ever?
1:6 But my words and my statutes, which I commanded my servants the prophets, did they not take hold of your fathers? and they returned and said, Like as the LORD of hosts thought to do unto us, according to our ways, and according to our doings, so hath he dealt with us.
The Horses and the Angel of the Lord
1:7 Upon the four and twentieth day of the eleventh month, which is the month Sebat, in the second year of Darius, came the word of the LORD unto Zechariah, the son of Berechiah, the son of Iddo the prophet, saying,
1:8 I saw by night, and behold a man riding upon a red horse, and he stood among the myrtle trees that were in the bottom [at the bottom of the valley where the water flows]; and behind him were there [an unspecified number of] red horses, speckled, and white.
1:9 Then said I, O my lord, what are these? And the angel that talked with me said unto me, I will shew thee what these be.
1:10 And the man that stood among the myrtle trees answered and said, These are they whom the LORD hath sent to walk to and fro through the earth.
1:11 And they answered the angel of the LORD that stood among the myrtle trees, and said, We [he and the horses which are spirit and may have angelic riders] have walked to and fro through the earth, and, behold, all the earth sitteth still, and is at rest.
The man is an angel and the horses [with their horsemen] are his watchers. The specific time period is the second year of Darius king of the Medes and all the earth was at peace at that time, but the city Jerusalem was not being built.
Now the angel asks when the city of Jerusalem and the cities of Judah would be built, this after the temple was being built Jerusalem. Clearly showing that the command in the 70 weeks prophecy to build and restore the CITY, was NOT included in the command to build the temple.
The prophecy of a decree to build the city was given to Daniel in the first year of Darius.
God is now again prophesying through Zechariah in the second year of Darius c 450 B.C. that the city itself would be built; saying this to encourage the people in the task of building the temple and restoring true religion.
Brethren, our LORD is coming and we must rise up and be about the task of preparing the bride and making ourselves ready. We must be about the task of building ourselves into a fitting, holy, pure, spiritual temple for the habitation of God, and cleansing and purifying ourselves from all uncleanness and defect, to become a fitting bride for our exalted LORD!
It is almost midnight; the cry is going out: “Behold the bridegroom cometh.” Let us make ready!
1:12 Then the angel of the LORD answered and said, O LORD of hosts, how long wilt thou not have mercy on Jerusalem and on the cities of Judah, against which thou hast had indignation these threescore and ten years?
1:13 And the LORD answered the angel that talked with me with good words and comfortable words.
1:14 So the angel that communed with me said unto me, Cry thou, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; I am jealous for Jerusalem and for Zion with a great jealousy.
1:15 And I am very sore displeased with the heathen that are at ease: for I was but a little displeased, and they helped forward the affliction.
The correction of Judah was an example of the correction of the tribulation coming on physical AND spiritual Judah and Israel again in this latter day; and as in that time, the nations who will correct us will be overzealous in their correction and God will be sore displeased with them.
This decree to return and build a Temple at Jerusalem, and the task of Ezra to restore the true religion with sound doctrine, were precursors to another later decree, to build the city itself, which began The 70 Weeks Prophecy count.
First restore the temple [analogous to the spiritual temple] and true religion; then build the city! In this latter day when true religion is restored, then the people will return to rebuild Jerusalem!
1:16 Therefore thus saith the LORD; I am returned to Jerusalem with mercies: my house shall be built in it, saith the LORD of hosts, and a line shall be stretched forth upon Jerusalem.
This is a dual prophecy for that time and also for our time.
1:17 Cry yet, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; My cities through prosperity shall yet be spread abroad; and the LORD shall yet comfort Zion, and shall yet choose Jerusalem.
After The Four Horns [Destroying Powers] destroy Judah; Four Carpenters Will be Sent to Build the Temple, City and nation again.
These four carpenters [unidentified builders] were to rebuild that which was destroyed and this was an allegory that the temple and city and nation will be built again in the latter days after the tribulation, by Jesus Christ who will deliver the captives of Israel, build they millennial Temple, fully restore true religion and build Jerusalem.
As the temple, city and land were rebuilt the first time in those days; they shall be rebuilt in the fullness of beauty after the coming of Jesus Christ with his saints!
A prophecy of the latter day
1:18 Then lifted I up mine eyes, and saw, and behold four horns.
The four horns are not specifically identified, except that they are the Gentile nations who have destroyed Jerusalem in those days, and by duality they represent destroyers in our days.
1:19 And I said unto the angel that talked with me, What be these? And he answered me, These are the horns which have scattered Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem.
1:20 And the LORD shewed me four carpenters; [Four unidentified builders who are to come to deliver Judah from the four horns that brought Israel and Judah into captivity].
1:21 Then said I, What come these to do? And he spake, saying, These are the horns [powers] which have scattered Judah, so that no man did lift up his head: but these [carpenters, builders] are come to fray them, to cast out the horns of the Gentiles, which lifted up their horn over the land of Judah to scatter it.
The future millennial Israel will also be gathered back and Jerusalem rebuilt, this time by Messiah, and will prosper for they shall sincerely repent during great tribulation and God will being ALL Israel into a New Covenant with him (Jer 31:31); after which all mankind will be grafted into the New Covenant spiritual Israel (Joel 2:28)
As Jerusalem was small in those days and God blessed their efforts; God shall restore and bless Jerusalem in the millennium so that it will be vast and prosperous.
Zechariah 2:1 I lifted up mine eyes again, and looked, and behold a man with a measuring line in his hand.
2:2 Then said I, Whither goest thou? And he said unto me, To measure Jerusalem, to see what is the breadth thereof, and what is the length thereof.
2:3 And, behold, the angel that talked with me went forth, and another angel went out to meet him,
This is a prophecy of the millennial Jerusalem when the Eternal dwells in the city
2:4 And said unto him, Run, speak to this young man, saying, Jerusalem shall be inhabited as towns without walls for the multitude of men and cattle therein:
2:5 For I, saith the LORD, will be unto her a wall of fire round about, and will be the glory in the midst of her.
A prophecy of our time about Judah and Israel returning to Palestine after the coming of Messiah.
2:6 Ho, ho, come forth, and flee from the land of the north, saith the LORD: for I have spread you abroad as the four winds of the heaven, saith the LORD.
We know this is a reference to the millennial Kingdom, for Babylon was not north of Judea at that time and now is, modern Babylon having been transferred to Rome.
2:7 Deliver thyself, O Zion, that dwellest with the daughter [latter day descendants of] of Babylon.
Messiah is sent to deliver, first spiritual and then physical Israel/Judah, which are the apple of God’s eye.
2:8 For thus saith the LORD of hosts; After the glory [Israel the beloved of God; BOTH spiritual and physical] hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye.
Messiah the Christ will reverse things and the conquerors and masters, shall be made the servants of his people.
2:9 For, behold, I will shake mine hand upon them, and they shall be a spoil to their servants: and ye shall know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me.
2:10 Sing and rejoice, O daughter [Latter day descendants of BOTH physical AND spiritual Israel] of Zion: for, lo, I [Messiah] come, and I will dwell in the midst of thee, saith the LORD.
We know this is a prophecy about the Latter Days, because of the phrase “daughter of” and also by the statement below, that at that time the surviving nations will be gathered to God as well as Israel; and that Messiah will come to deliver his people.
2:11 And many nations shall be joined to the LORD in that day, and shall be my people: and I [Messiah the Christ] will dwell in the midst of thee, and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me [Zechariah] unto thee.
2:12 And the LORD shall inherit Judah his portion in the holy land, and shall choose Jerusalem again.
Then the mouths of the naysayers and wicked will be stopped at the presence of the Eternal; when he stands up to deliver his people!
2:13 Be silent, O all flesh, before the LORD: for he is raised up out of his holy habitation.
The physical high priest Joshua, was a type of the spiritual High Priest Jesus Christ who delivers all sincerely repentant sinners by applying his atoning sacrifice; cleansing them from all repented sin.
ALL converted people MUST keep all of the commandments of God with true diligent zealous enthusiasm as Christ did!
This call to salvation from eternal death is entirely conditional on true repentance; on obedience to the commandments and on carefully following the example of Jesus Christ!
Zechariah 3:7 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; If thou wilt walk in my ways, and if thou wilt keep my charge, then thou shalt also judge my house, and shalt also keep my courts, and I will give thee places to walk among these that stand by.
Zechariah 3:1 And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him.
Speaking of the physical Joshua; YHVH said to Satan that the physical Joshua is a brand plucked out of the fire; that is he was full of sin and ready to be cast into the fire, but was saved by sincere repentance and the sacrificial atonement of the Lamb of God, bearing his sins.
Jesus Christ was also covered by sin at his death, bearing the sins of the whole world; and Jesus was also saved from destruction by his perfect life, to be given eternal life by God the Father.
Whenever the word “Lord” is in all capitols as “LORD,” it means YHVH.
3:2 And the LORD [YHVH] said unto Satan, The LORD rebuke thee, O Satan; even the LORD that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire?
The physical high priest Joshua then has his filthy garments [as a type of the filth of sin] removed, and he was cleansed and clothed with the garments of righteousness.
Jesus Christ also had the sins of the world placed on himself but was raised up because of his own perfect life and made the High Priest of God the Father forever.
3:3 Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel.
3:4 And he answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment.
The high priest’s mitre or crown represents that the high priest is the true ruler of Israel, a type of the eternal High Priest, Messiah the Christ who is the true ruler of spiritual Israel.
3:5 And I said, Let them set a fair mitre [the headdress of a high priest] upon his head. So they set a fair mitre upon his head, and clothed him with garments. And the angel of the LORD stood by.
Then the angel of God warned the physical high priest Joshua that faithful passionate obedience to the whole Word of God was required to be counted among the elect!
3:6 And the angel of the LORD protested unto Joshua, saying,
3:7 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; If thou wilt walk in my ways, and if thou wilt keep my charge, then thou shalt also judge my house, and shalt also keep my courts, and I will give thee places to walk among these that stand by.
Jesus Christ was and is eternally faithful to live by EVERY WORD of God the Father; and we must do likewise!
If we repent and diligently walk in the ways of Christ and keep all of God’s commandments; we shall be in the resurrection to spirit and will rule as kings and priests under the King of kings and eternal High Priest Jesus Christ.
Yes even the repentant Laodiceans!
Those who may despise correction today; may still repent in the tribulation and will then be accepted by our Father as a part of the bride for his Son. If we find ourselves being corrected in tribulation; there is still hope! God is correcting us in HOPE that we will sincerely repent; his correction has the object of bringing us to sincere repentance and so saving us!
The Branch [the true vine (John 15)] shall soon arrive to collect his bride! Let us repent and remove the blemishes of our sins; that we may be found a suitable, pure and perfect bride for our Lord.
Joshua and those with him who are zealously faithful to the whole Word of God, they and their example shall be wondered at by others, and they shall be raised up at the coming of Christ to gather his saints.
The physical Joshua is now told [as a prophecy and promise to us] of the coming of Christ the BRANCH!
3:8 Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, thou, and thy fellows [The world will be astounded when Christ comes and resurrects the faithful who sincerely repent of sin and live by every Word of God.] that sit before thee: for they are men wondered at: for, behold, I will bring forth my servant the BRANCH [The true vine, Jesus Christ (John 15)].
3:9 For behold the stone [the chief of the corner] that I have laid before Joshua; upon one stone shall be seven eyes [the seven spirits of God, helping Christ (Rev 1:4)] behold, I will engrave the graving [Jesus Christ is the whole Word of God, and the scriptures were written at the inspiration of Christ.] thereof, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day.
When Christ returns WITH his saints, he will destroy the filthiness of all sin and pour out his spirit on all flesh (Joel 2:28), so that even the wild beasts will be peaceable (Is 11:5 and Is 65:25).
3:10 In that day, saith the LORD of hosts, shall ye call every man his neighbour under the vine and under the fig tree.
The Two Witnesses of God
Zechariah 4:1 And the angel that talked with me came again, and waked me, as a man that is wakened out of his sleep.
4:2 And said unto me, What seest thou? And I said, I have looked, and behold a candlestick all of gold, with a bowl upon the top of it, and his seven lamps thereon, and seven pipes to the seven lamps, which are upon the top thereof:
4:3 And two olive trees by it, one upon the right side of the bowl, and the other upon the left side thereof.
This is the lamp stand often called the Menorah. This lamp stand of seven branches, pictures the seven churches all producing light by the oil of God’s Spirit and all connected to the same foundation.
It was intended that each church would be filled with the oil of the Holy Spirit and through faithful obedience to the whole Word of God, would be a Shining Light and example for the whole world (Mat 5, Mark 4 and Luk 11).
Right now the light of all seven churches of Revelation 2 and 3 are flickering and dying out, [Yes all seven exist together at the coming of Christ! For each is warned to be vigilant lest they be caught by surprise!]; and the purpose of this effort is to wake people up and excite a zeal for God and his commandments to increase the oil of the Spirit and thereby the light of the faithful.
The final two prophets will do the very same job at much increased power, and will succeed in pouring the oil of God’s Spirit out of themselves into the seven churches as two fruitful olive trees; turning the called out away from their false traditions, idolizing of men and sin; back to their LORD; that they may grow in God’s Spirit that the light of godly example will shine brightly.
In short, God is sending his two servants to save the seven churches, before they run out of the oil of the Holy Spirit and self destruct.
4:4 So I answered and spake to the angel that talked with me, saying, What are these, my lord?
4:5 Then the angel that talked with me answered and said unto me, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord.
Zechariah asks what these two olive trees who empty the golden oil [Holy Spirit] out of themselves into the seven branches of the lamp stand are; but the angel before answering, goes into some related information.
4:6 Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.
Speaking to the governor Zerubbabel, the angel informs him that the Temple is being built by the power of God and not by his own strength. This is a lesson for us and for God’s two servants that we are only tools in God’s most capable hands.
4:7 Who art thou, O great mountain [the end time New Europe revival of Babylon the Great]? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof [This is a difficult translation; properly the chief Cornerstone will come and destroy the mountain of Babylon flattening it. See Daniel 2.] with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it.
The great mountain is the government of the Babylonian system of the New Europe, and before Zerubbabel, Jesus Christ shall crash the mountain of the government of Babylon the great down to the level ground and destroy it, and the cornerstone of Jesus Christ shall do this with the rejoicings and shouting’s of the repentant people.
Daniel 2:37 Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory. 2:38 And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold.
2:39 And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth. 2:40 And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise.
2:41 And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters’ clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay. 2:42 And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken. 2:43 And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.
2:44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.
2:45 Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone [the Messiah, Jesus (Yeshua) the Christ] was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.
The mountain [government and religious system] of Babylon shall be utterly destroyed!
Jeremiah 51:25 Behold, I am against thee, O destroying mountain [government of Babylon, the New Europe)], saith the LORD, which destroyest [Babylon which destroys will be destroyed] all the earth: and I will stretch out mine hand upon thee, and roll thee down from the rocks, and will make thee a burnt mountain. 51:26 And they shall not take of thee a stone for a corner, nor a stone for foundations; but thou shalt be desolate for ever, saith the LORD.
Jesus Christ shall be the chief cornerstone of the millennial Kingdom of God! and Jesus Christ shall build his Father’s spiritual temple! and Christ is the cornerstone of that spiritual Temple!
Ephesians 2:20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
Zechariah 4:8 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 4:9 The hands of Zerubbabel [The building of the physical temple succeeded, as a type of Christ building the spiritual temple which shall also succeed!] have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto you.
What is the foundation of the spiritual Temple of God?
The foundation of the spiritual Temple of God the Father is: The Whole Word of God, as inspired by Jesus Christ and as written by the inspired authors!
Ephesians 2:19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; 2:20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; 2:21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: 2:22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
Zechariah 4:10 For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel [a type of Christ the Master Builder] with those seven; they are the eyes [The seven spirits (servants and helpers) of YHVH, Jesus Christ.] of the LORD, which run to and fro through the whole earth.
Zerubbabel was a type of Jesus Christ and as he began to build, and completed building a physical Temple; Jesus Christ laid the foundations of his spiritual Temple, which is the whole Word of God, and Jesus Christ: WILL COMPLETE THE JOB!
Jesus Christ is the Father’s Master Builder and he will complete what he began six thousand years ago!
The last days WILL begin on God’s schedule, whether we are ready or not; the resurrection will take place on God’s schedule whether are ready or not, and there shall by much weeping and gnashing of teeth by those who have not made themselves ready.
The Kingdom SHALL COME, on God’s schedule, regardless of whether we think we are ready, or whether we think we have finished our work or not!
This plan is on God’s schedule and NOT our schedule! And the Master Builder will finish the Father’s spiritual Temple ON TIME!
NO! Zerubbabel is not a type of some mere mortal man with a swelled head! He was a type of the true Cornerstone who laid the foundation of the Kingdom of God forever! and which will destroy Babylon the Great of Daniel 2!
We are to STAND ON that FOUNDATION and not on the shifting sands of organizational traditions and the teachings of men contrary to scripture!
4:11 Then answered I, and said unto him, What are these two olive trees upon the right side of the candlestick [lampstand, menorah] and upon the left side thereof?
And Zechariah asked a third time.
4:12 And I answered again, and said unto him, What be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves? 4:13 And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord.
Zechariah asked a total of three times: What are these two olive trees?
4:14 Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the LORD of the whole earth.
The two olive trees are the two anointed ones who stand by Jesus Christ whatever the cost, whatever anyone else says; and do whatever God tells them to do!
They are two prophets who will come in the spirit of Moses and Elijah, in their dedication and zeal for the Eternal and all of his commandments. Read Matthew 17 where God shows us who stands beside our Lord in a vision.
There are yet coming two prophets to complete the preaching of the gospel by men and they will also empty the oil of God’s Spirit out of themselves and into the seven churches which are all about to die; so as to revive them and fill them with the oil of God!
A series of visions of the end times
Zechariah 5:1 Then I turned, and lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a flying roll [scroll].
5:2 And he said unto me, What seest thou? And I answered, I see a flying roll; the length thereof is twenty cubits [30 feet], and the breadth thereof ten cubits [15 feet].
About 30 by 15 feet. This is the Law of God and the curse for breaking the teachings and commandments of the Creator, that shall rule in every house and over all the earth.
5:3 Then said he unto me, This is the curse that goeth forth over the face of the whole earth: for every one that stealeth shall be cut off as on this side according to it; and every one that sweareth shall be cut off as on that side according to it.
5:4 I will bring it forth, saith the LORD of hosts, and it shall enter into the house of the thief, and into the house of him that sweareth falsely by my name: and it shall remain in the midst of his house, and shall consume it with the timber thereof and the stones thereof.
Zechariah is told that the woman [great whore of Babylon] of wickedness shall be set up in Shinar [Babylon] and be established there. This woman is the Babylonian religious system the Babylonian Mysteries of the Babylonian Empire represented by the statue of Daniel 2.
This Babylonian religion today is anyone who rebels against God and decides what is right and wrong for themselves instead of doing as God has commanded, exalting the words of men above the Word of God.
That would include those adopting her hierarchical Nicolaitane “Primacy of Peter” governance system, including anyone and everyone who follows idols of men instead of living by every Word of God.
5:5 Then the angel that talked with me went forth, and said unto me, Lift up now thine eyes, and see what is this that goeth forth.
5:6 And I said, What is it? And he said, This is an ephah [a container of about a bushel] that goeth forth. He said moreover, This is their resemblance through all the earth.
5:7 And, behold, there was lifted up a talent of lead: and this is a woman [the great whore mystery religion of Babylon] that sitteth in the midst of the ephah.
Wickedness is cast into the jar and sealed inside with lead. This meaning that the woman [false religion of the Babylonian Mysteries is founded in Babylon.
5:8 And he said, This is wickedness. And he cast it into the midst of the ephah; and he cast the weight of lead upon the mouth thereof.
The only place in the Bible that angels appear as women.
5:9 Then lifted I up mine eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came out two women, and the wind was in their wings; for they had wings like the wings of a stork: and they lifted up the ephah between the earth and the heaven.
This wickedness depicted as a woman is the Babylon the Great church state religious system of Daniel 2; with its final fulfillment in our time by the Holy Roman Empire and its seventh revival.
5:10 Then said I to the angel that talked with me, Whither do these bear the ephah?
5:11 And he said unto me, To build it an house in the land of Shinar [The Babylonian system was set up and established beginning with Nebuchadnezzar in Babylon]: and it shall be established, and set there upon her own base.
Babylon was in Shinar and the woman of wickedness is the Babylonian Mysteries church state system of the statue of Daniel 2, its final manifestation is described as the Holy Roman Empire system in Revelation 17; the Babylonian Mystery Religion which has its beginnings in Babylon.
The vision of the four chariots; chariots being war machines.
Zechariah 6:1 And I turned, and lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came four chariots out from between two mountains; and the mountains were mountains of brass.
6:2 In the first chariot were red horses; and in the second chariot black horses;
6:3 And in the third chariot white horses; and in the fourth chariot grisled and bay horses.
6:4 Then I answered and said unto the angel that talked with me, What are these, my lord?
6:5 And the angel answered and said unto me, These are the four spirits of the heavens, which go forth from standing before the LORD [YHVH] of all the earth.
The Father is Lord of all; therefore the term LORD of the earth refers to Jesus Christ who will rule over all the earth as King of kings. These four spirits are sent out on the earth to enforce the curse and quiet the anger of the Eternal.
6:6 The black horses which are therein go forth into the north country; and the white go forth after them; and the grisled go forth toward the south country [The king of the South].
6:7 And the bay went forth, and sought to go that they might walk to and fro through the earth: and he [YHVH] said, Get you hence, walk to and fro through the earth. So they walked to and fro through the earth.
In this latter day the Babylonian Mysteries have been moved to Rome and the New Europe is also the latter day seat of the king of the NORTH, the now rising Babylonian empire system which will occupy Judea. Then God will deliver his people from Babylon.
6:8 Then cried he upon me, and spake unto me, saying, Behold, these that go toward the north country have quieted my spirit in the north country.
Now an allegory of Christ’s coming with his chosen, to become King of kings
6:9 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 6:10 Take of them of the captivity, even of Heldai, of Tobijah, and of Jedaiah, which are come from Babylon, and come thou the same day, and go into the house of Josiah the son of Zephaniah;
Those who came out of Babylon in those days made crowns for Joshua the high priest. The men who had come out of Babylon and returned to Jerusalem; are an allegory of those who come out of spiritual Babylon and its idolatry of men; to love and zealously keep the whole Word of God and t9o0 be among the chosen to be resurrected and to rule with Christ.
Today, the Ekklesia is very much a part of Babylon the Great, holding to the very same abominable practice of exalting men and the word and traditions of men, above the Word of God as their ultimate moral authority!
At the coming of Christ the crowns of the earth will pass to HIM; and he shall be crowned King of kings and LORD of lords!
In those ancient days, the several crowns were placed on the head of Joshua the high priest; prophetically indicating that the High Priesthood and the King-ship shall be united and conferred on Messiah the Christ at his now soon coming.
There is no doubt that Joshua [the name meaning Salvation, the very same name as the Messiah Yeshua] was a type of Jesus [Hebrew: Yeshua] the Messiah, the Christ!
6:11 Then take silver and gold, and make crowns, and set them upon the head of Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest;
This pictures Jesus Christ being crowned King of kings! Then Joshua as a type of Jesus [Hebrew: Yeshua] is declared to be the Branch! as a type of that ultimate True Vine, Yeshua [Christ] Messiah! (John 15).
Isaiah 11:1 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:
11:2 And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;
11:3 And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:
11:4 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth: with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.
Zechariah 6:12 And speak unto him [speak to Joshua], saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying,
The Branch [Jesus Christ] is to build God’s spiritual temple the Ekklesia, and will also build the millennial temple at Jerusalem!
Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH; and he shall grow up out of his place [he shall be exalted], and he shall build the temple of the LORD:
This presentation of Joshua as not only high priest but also king; is an instructional type, an allegorical picture, of Jesus Christ; who will build the spiritual temple, and will come to sit upon his throne in Jerusalem as King of kings and also as the High Priest and the ONLY Mediator between God the Father and humanity.
6:13 Even he [Messiah the Christ] shall build the temple of the LORD; and he shall bear the glory [for building the spiritual Ekklesia into a spiritual temple and delivering them into eternal life], and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both [Peace between king and High Priest].
Brethren, the Babylonian church state system which follows idols of men, is a counterfeit of God’s church state system; where all people follow, obey and live by every Word of God!
As Zerubbabel the governor was a type of Christ in his role as governor and ruler; so Joshua the high priest is also made a type of Jesus Christ as our High Priest. The High Priest, Jesus Christ, shall merge the office of King of kings with his office of High Priest and there shall be no more contention between king and priest.
The crowns given to Joshua by those who came out of Babylon represent their acceptance of Joshua’s authority, as a type of the acceptance of the authority of Messiah the Christ by those who came out of spiritual Babylon; and those who have come out of spiritual Babylon and given themselves in full submission to the Eternal, shall be given crowns under the King of kings, to rule the nations.
6:14 And the crowns shall be to Helem, and to Tobijah, and to Jedaiah, and to Hen the son of Zephaniah, for a memorial in the temple of the LORD.
The four men who came out of Babylon are singled out for their zeal for God, as a type of those who have a zeal for the whole Word of God to come out of spiritual Babylon.
6:15 And they that are far off shall come and build in the [This will happen with the millennial temple] temple of the LORD, and ye shall know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto you. And this shall come to pass, if ye will diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God
Brethren, to turn away from our zeal for God and join the Babylonian Mystery Religion by accepting the foundational false doctrine of the Primacy of Peter; which is a hierarchical governance system that places men between God and the brethren; making idols out of men and their teachings and false traditions: is to fall into the pit is wickedness and destruction.
We must come out of that system of idolatry and sincerely wholeheartedly REPENT of exalting men above the word of God!
Do not misunderstand, I am not against organization or ministry; all godly authority is from God! Therefore when men go contrary to the Word of God; they are in rebellion against the authority of God, and lose their ministerial authority.
Almighty God comes first and we are to follow men, ONLY as they follow God!
Today’s Ekklesia are just another part of the Babylonian Mysteries, when they exalt the word and traditions of men above the Word of God!
God reveals the way to the Mosaic Covenant promise of physical prosperity; a type of spiritual prosperity for those Called Out to the spiritual New Covenant: Keep the commandments and be zealous to build the house [especially the spiritual temple] of God and the whole Word of God!
Zechariah 7:1 And it came to pass in the fourth year of king Darius, that the word of the LORD came unto Zechariah in the fourth day of the ninth month, even in Chisleu;
7:2 When they had sent unto the house of God Sherezer and Regemmelech, and their men, to pray before the LORD,
7:3 And to speak unto the priests which were in the house of the LORD of hosts, and to the prophets, saying, Should I weep in the fifth month, separating myself, as I have done these so many years?
Then Messiah the Christ told the people that their fasting was in vain, because they did not rise up to: go and sin no more.
How like the vain fasting of the brethren today, who fast for what they want and then rise up to call God’s Sabbath holy while proceeding to pollute God’s Sabbath and High Days, and returning to idolize men and many other sins!
7:4 Then came the word of the LORD of hosts unto me, saying,
7:5 Speak unto all the people of the land, and to the priests, saying, When ye fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh month, even those seventy years, did ye at all fast [in sincere repentance to God] unto me, even to me?
7:6 And when ye did eat, and when ye did drink [at the Festivals], did not ye eat for yourselves, and drink for yourselves [We use God’s Festivals to satisfy personal pleasures instead of being zealous to consume (internalize) sound doctrine and to learn of God]?
7:7 Should ye not hear the words which the LORD hath cried by the former prophets [Should we not teach the sound doctrines of the whole Word of God, to sincerely repent and follow the Eternal to keep and live by his every word?], when Jerusalem was inhabited and in prosperity, and the cities thereof round about her, when men inhabited the south and the plain?
Sincere repentance from all sin and living by every Word of God, is the way to prosperity, peace and eternal life!
7:8 And the word of the LORD came unto Zechariah, saying,
7:9 Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Execute true judgment, and shew mercy and compassions every man to his brother:
7:10 And oppress not the widow, nor the fatherless, the stranger, nor the poor; and let none of you imagine evil against his brother in your heart.
Our own sins will only bring correction from Jesus Christ upon us
Brethren, the wrath of Christ came down upon them in times past for their sins against the Word of God; and the New Covenant Ekklesia are supposed to have the Spirit of God and are supposed to know better!
How much greater will his wrath be upon us for committing the very same sins?
7:11 But they refused to hearken, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped their ears, that they should not hear.
7:12 Yea, they made their hearts as an adamant stone, lest they should hear the law, and the words which the LORD of hosts hath sent in his spirit by the former prophets: therefore came a great wrath from the LORD of hosts.
The soon coming tribulation is the climax of God’s correction upon his wayward people: BOTH physical AND spiritual, Israel/Judah and after them first, all nations.
As physical Israel was and will be again scattered and corrected and their nations fall; so we of spiritual Israel who are not zealous to learn, to keep and to teach the whole Word of God, shall also be scattered, as our organizational idols are destroyed.
7:13 Therefore it is come to pass, that as he cried, and they would not hear [the Word of God to learn, keep and teach it]; so they cried, and I would not hear, saith the LORD of hosts:
7:14 But I scattered them with a whirlwind among all the nations whom they knew not. Thus the land was desolate after them, that no man passed through nor returned: for they laid the pleasant land desolate.
God is not a respecter of persons, and today, he will treat those lukewarm and lax for his commandments as he did in the days of old: with a great correction!
Yet, he is a merciful God who deeply loves his people, and he will quickly forgive us when we have sincerely repented and learned the lessons that God wants to teach us by afflicting us.
Our espoused Husband is jealous because of all our adulteries with our idols of men, and our false traditions; and will correct his wayward people. Yet when they sincerely repent and turn to him; he will come to gather up his bride tenderly into his arms, taking her to the Wedding Feast in heaven (Rev 15 and Rev 19), and will then return with them to bring peace to the whole earth.
The coming of Christ, and the millennial Kingdom
Zion and Jerusalem are a type of the spiritual bride being often unfaithful; but in the end becoming as full of godliness as the sea is full of water.
Revelation 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
Zechariah 8:1 Again the word of the LORD of hosts came to me, saying,
When our affliction has resulted in our sincere repentance, then the Eternal will rise up to deliver us.
8:2 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; I was jealous for Zion with great jealousy, and I was jealous for her with great fury.
Jesus [Hebrew: Yeshua] will come to rule the millennial Kingdom
8:3 Thus saith the LORD; I am returned unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth; and the [Temple Mount; and the government of God] mountain of the LORD of hosts the holy mountain.
During the tribulation we may despair but we can trust in the promise of God. Jerusalem [representing both physical and spiritual Israel] shall yet be delivered and built up in godliness!
8:4 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; There shall yet old men and old women dwell in the streets of Jerusalem, and every man with his staff in his hand for very age.
8:5 And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in the streets thereof.
There is nothing too hard for our Master to accomplish! What is amazing and unbelievable to man, is obvious and true to Almighty God! He shall accomplish his purpose!
8:6 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; If it be marvellous in the eyes of the remnant of this people in these days, should it also be marvellous in mine eyes? saith the LORD of hosts.
When we are in captivity; it is a time to lament for our sins, and our deliverance might seem far off and impossible to us; yet there is nothing too hard for our Lord Husband to accomplish!
In the millennium Judah and Israel shall return to their land, which is a type of spiritual Israel returning to their God and entering the Promised Land of eternal life!
8:7 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Behold, I will save my people from the east country, and from the west country;
8:8 And I will bring them, and they shall dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God, in truth and in righteousness.
The people who returned from Babylon were encouraged to build the physical temple; and this is only a type of the building the millennial temple, and both are a type of the building of a spiritual temple of godliness in humanity!
It is also a small forerunner of how the nations will seek out the Eternal and will contribute to building the millennial Temple; BOTH of these physical temples are only types of the collective bride [the spiritual Temple]; in whom dwells the Spirit of God!
Today, the brethren MUST be about the business of building our personal dwelling place for God’s spirit; the Temple of the spirit of the Living Eternal God!
We MUST sincerely repent and turn to our espoused Husband, Jesus Christ, in enthusiastic zeal for him and all of his commandments and will!
We MUST love HIM like No Other; loving him enough to obey him and to do everything we can to please him!
And if we love him we will love the Father also.
Let us therefore Be Strong to turn to our Mighty Deliverer to Learn, to Keep, to Teach and to live by every Word of God!
Let us be STRONG in the Eternal to purge out all leaven of sin and to internalize the whole Word of God, to build up ourselves with God’s power, into a fitting dwelling place for the Holy Spirit of our Mighty God!
8:9 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Let your hands be strong, ye that hear in these days these words by the mouth of the prophets, which were in the day that the foundation of the house of the LORD of hosts was laid, that the temple might be built.
Today we have departed from the Word of God, therefore there has been NO spiritual growth [spiritual wages for diligence in keeping the word of God] these many years. God will now correct us in the furnace of affliction if we do not quickly repent.
8:10 For before these days there was no hire [money for wages] for man, nor any hire for beast; neither was there any peace to him that went out or came in because of the affliction: for I set all men every one against his neighbour.
Our Lord will bless us if we turn to him, and he shall fill with his Spirit, and we shall truly become his spiritual Temple, God dwelling in us; but if we do not destroy all sin from ourselves God will destroy us.
1 Corinthians 3:17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
In that day when Christ returns with his chosen, he will bring a blessing for the sincerely repentant.
Zechariah 8:11 But now I will not be unto the residue of this people as in the former days, saith the LORD of hosts.
The seed is a type of the Word of God which shall be prosperous and bring much fruit. The true vine, Jesus Christ, will have many branches bringing forth much fruit. The dew of heaven is a type of the pouring out of the Holy Spirit of God upon the repentant remnant.
8:12 For the seed shall be prosperous; the vine shall give her fruit, and the ground shall give her increase, and the heavens shall give their dew; and I will cause the remnant of this people to possess all these things.
As physical and spiritual Israel were a curse upon the earth when they lived contrary to the word of God; when they shall turn to God in sincere repentance they shall become a real blessing on the earth; when they become zealous to Learn, to Keep and to Teach the whole Word of God they shall become a true Shining Light of example to the earth!
8:13 And it shall come to pass, that as ye were a curse among the heathen, O house of Judah, and house of Israel; so will I save you, and ye shall be a blessing: fear not, but let your hands be strong.
This is speaking of spiritual Israel/Judah as well as the physical nations.
8:14 For thus saith the LORD of hosts; As I thought to punish you, when your fathers provoked me to wrath, saith the LORD of hosts, and I repented not:
After our correction and sincere repentance, Jesus Christ will come to his people with a blessing!
8:15 So again have I thought in these days to do well unto Jerusalem and to the house of Judah: fear ye not.
Let spiritual and physical Israel/Judah turn away from the false traditions and errors of the past and embrace the whole Word of God!
8:16 These are the things that ye shall do; Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbour; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates:
8:17 And let none of you imagine evil in your hearts against his neighbour; and love no false oath: for all these are things that I hate, saith the LORD.
Yeshua Messiah [Jesus Christ] promises to turn our mourning into rejoicing!
8:18 And the word of the LORD of hosts came unto me, saying,
8:19 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; The fast of the fourth month, and the fast of the fifth, and the fast of the seventh, and the fast of the tenth, shall be to the house of Judah joy and gladness, and cheerful feasts; therefore love the truth and peace.
The fasts of the captivities and the destruction of the Temple shall be turned into joy when we truly repent and Almighty God has delivered us.
Then all the earth shall seek the Eternal with a whole heart!
8:20 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; It shall yet come to pass, that there shall come people, and the inhabitants of many cities:
8:21 And the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, Let us go speedily to pray before the LORD, and to seek the LORD of hosts: I will go also.
8:22 Yea, many people and strong nations shall come to seek the LORD of hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray before the LORD. [YHVH]
All nations and all languages shall turn to the Eternal in wholehearted sincerity! Oh, what a glorious time!
8:23 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew [spiritually faithful to God], saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you.
And God’s Spirit will be poured out on all flesh (Joel 2:28).
That day will surely come when Christ will come WITH his saints and Israel/Judah shall repent and wholeheartedly turn to God; and the knowledge of God shall fill Jerusalem and spread out from there to fill the whole earth!
Damascus shall have peace and shall be subject to God and Israel in the millennium.
Zechariah 9:1 The burden of the word of the LORD in the land of Hadrach, [The present day Kurdish area of Syria beyond the Euphrates.] and Damascus [In the millennium Damascus and Syria will turn to God and will be at peace with Israel] shall be the rest [peace] thereof: when the eyes of man [all men], as of all the tribes of Israel, shall be toward the LORD.
In the millennial Kingdom the border of Israel shall be on the Euphrates bordering with Hadrich [modern Iraq], and shall extend from Iraq to Lebanon. Millennial Israel shall dominate Tyre and Lebanon as well as Syria.
9:2 And Hamath also shall border thereby; Tyrus, and Zidon, though it be very wise.
Lebanon in spite of their political wisdom shall be within the borders of Israel along with Damascus and Hamath [modern Homs].
9:3 And Tyrus did build herself a strong hold, and heaped up silver as the dust, and fine gold as the mire of the streets.
9:4 Behold, the LORD will cast her out, and he will smite her power in the sea; and she shall be devoured with fire.
During the tribulation Tyre shall become very rich through trade with Babylon [Europe] and shipping commerce. The shipping and trading of Tyre shall be destroyed and the city burned with fire in the last year by the invading armies of Asia.
The people of Gaza are the descendants of the Philistines and are not Arabs or Palestinians.
Gaza, which will join the Psalm 83 confederation against Judah when the Extremist Settler Movement overthrows the coming peace deal; shall be defeated and occupied by the coming Asian armies and the pride of the Philistines shall be crushed. Then the people of Gaza will turn to accept then Messiah at his coming and shall be a peaceful tributary of Israel.
9:5 Ashkelon shall see it, and fear; Gaza also shall see it, and be very sorrowful, and Ekron; for her expectation shall be ashamed; and the king shall perish from Gaza, and Ashkelon shall not be inhabited.
9:6 And a bastard shall dwell in Ashdod, and I will cut off the pride of the Philistines.
The words of blood [words of HATE] shall perish and the remnant of the Philistines will turn to the Eternal in sincerity of heart when Christ comes.
9:7 And I will take away his blood [violent words] out of his mouth, and his abominations from between his teeth: but he that remaineth, even he, shall be for our God, and he shall be as a governor in Judah [Gaza shall be a province of Judah with its local governor], and Ekron [shall be as Jerusalem] as a Jebusite. [Jerusalem]
Christ shall dwell at Jerusalem, the city and the millennial Temple and all Israel shall be protected by Messiah the King!
9:8 And I will encamp about mine house because of the army, because of him that passeth by, and because of him that returneth: and no oppressor shall pass through them any more: for now have I seen with mine eyes.
The coming of the King of kings
A prophecy of Christ entering Jerusalem on the foal of a donkey.
9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.
The armies of the enemies of Ephraim [representing all Israel] and Jerusalem will be cut off by Christ; and Messiah shall bring a millennial Sabbath of peace to all Israel and to the whole earth.
9:10 And I will cut off the chariot [war machine] from Ephraim, and the horse [war horse]from Jerusalem, and the battle bow [military machine shall no longer be needed] shall be cut off: and he shall speak peace unto the heathen: and his [Christ’s] dominion shall be from sea even to sea, and from the river even to the ends of the earth.
War shall be banished in the millennial Kingdom; for the dominion of Messiah shall be over all the earth; and through the blood of the New Covenant sacrifice of Christ, and through sincere repentance all peoples shall be delivered.
9:11 As for thee [the dead shall come forth from the grave] also, by the blood of thy covenant I have sent forth thy prisoners [The Chosen Elect will be delivered from the shackles of death] out of the pit [the grave] wherein is no water.
Those who have been faithful and have overcome and died in hope [FAITH]; shall receive a good reward and eternal life.
9:12 Turn you to the strong hold, ye prisoners of hope [The saints who lived and died in hope, imprisoned in the grave]: even to day do I declare that I will render double [shall have a double reward] unto thee;
Greece is to be punished for their complicity and alliance with the New Europe against Judah; and their captives being held by Greece shall be delivered.
9:13 When I have bent Judah for me, filled the bow with Ephraim, and raised up thy sons, O Zion, against thy sons, O Greece, and made thee as the sword of a mighty man.
9:14 And the LORD shall be seen over them, and his arrow shall go forth as the lightning: and the LORD God shall blow the trumpet, and shall go with whirlwinds of the south.
9:15 The LORD of hosts shall defend them [shall rise up to deliver his people]; and they shall devour, and subdue with sling stones; and they shall drink, and make a noise as through wine; and they shall be filled like bowls, and as the corners of the altar.
The day of deliverance
9:16 And the LORD their God shall save them in that day as the flock of his people: for they shall be as the stones [Jewels] of a crown, lifted up as an ensign upon his land.
9:17 For how great is his goodness, and how great is his beauty!
Then shall the famine of the land and of the Word be lifted, and the people shall eat and drink in plenty. This is analogous to the famine of the Word of God being lifted and all the people eating and drinking very deeply of the whole Word of God.
. . . corn [grain, food] shall make the young men cheerful, and new wine the maids.
Let us all pray for the rain of God’s Spirit to be poured out on all the earth (Joel 2:28).
Zechariah 10:1 Ask ye of the LORD rain in the time of the latter rain; so the LORD shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain, to every one grass in the field.
God’s anger against the shepherds of Israel; the church of God leaders and elders of our day. See Ezekial 34
This is in particular, a great anger against those who are supposed to know better and are supposed to: Cry Aloud and show the people their sins in this latter day!
God’s anger is waxed very hot against the Ekklesia and their business model outreach, while they refuse to present the true Gospel of warning, sincere repentance, and the Gospel of salvation through living as Jesus Christ lived [BY every word of God the Father Mat 4:4]; which is the ONLY way into the Kingdom of God.
Speaking of the church of God elders and leaders of today; which have made idols out of themselves:
10:2 For the idols [many COG leaders and elders] have spoken vanity, and the diviners [The self proclaimed apostles and prophets] have seen a lie, and have told false dreams; they comfort in vain: therefore they went their way as a flock, they [The flock] were troubled, because there was no [godly] shepherd.
The national and church of God leaders and elders are like goats, each one going his own way and not following the whole word of God, while the faithful flock follows Christ alone!
10:3 Mine anger was kindled against the shepherds, and I punished the goats: for the LORD of hosts hath visited his flock the house [physical and spiritual] of Judah, and hath made them as his goodly horse in the battle.
The True Good Shepherd
The true good shepherd shall destroy every oppressor in the tribulation, including the present church of God leaders and elders if they refuse to repent, and when Messiah comes he shall raise up the faithful of spiritual Judah and Israel under His Banner and shall destroy every oppressor in the earth.
10:4 Out of him [Judah] came forth the corner [Stone], out of him the nail, out of him the battle bow, out of him [he shall destroy] every oppressor together.
When Christ comes with his chosen, physical Judah and Israel shall also rise up and join Christ to fight with him against the oppressors, as a part of the army of the Lord.
10:5 And they shall be as mighty men, which tread down their enemies in the mire of the streets in the battle: and they shall fight, because the LORD is with them, and the riders on horses [soldiers with their war machines] shall be confounded.
All Israel shall sincerely repent and the remnant of Israel shall be saved.
10:6 And I will strengthen the house of Judah, and I will save the house of Joseph, and I will bring them again to place them [in their land]; for I have mercy upon them: and they shall be as though I had not cast them off: for I am the LORD their God, and will hear [their cries of repentance and calls for deliverance] them.
In that day all Israel shall turn to accept and rejoice at the coming of Messiah the Christ, the KING of kings!
10:7 And they of Ephraim [the Anglo Saxon people] shall be like a mighty man, and their heart shall rejoice [at their deliverance] as through wine: yea, their children shall see it, and be glad; their heart shall rejoice in the LORD.
10:8 I will hiss [against the enemies] for them, and gather them; for I have redeemed them: and they shall increase as they have increased.
The people of Israel/Judah shall remember the Eternal in their captivity, and turn to him in mass repentance when Messiah comes.
10:9 And I will sow them among the people: and they shall remember me in far countries; and they shall live with their children, and turn again [Sincerely repent and turn to a zeal for God to live by God’s Word] .
10:10 I will bring them again also out of the land of Egypt, and gather them out of Assyria; and I will bring them into the land of Gilead and Lebanon; and place shall not be found for them [There will be no space for their great numbers] .
Ephraim and Israel shall be given the land of the ten tribes and Lebanon and there shall not be enough land for these repentant survivors.
10:11 And he shall pass through the sea with affliction, and shall smite the waves in the sea, and all the deeps of the river shall dry up: and the pride of Assyria shall be brought down, and the sceptre of Egypt shall depart away.
10:12 And I will strengthen them in the LORD; and they shall walk up and down in his name, saith the LORD.
In the millennial kingdom Israel shall inherit Gaza, Lebanon and Syria; and Jordan shall serve Israel
The trees falling are emblematic of the nations falling. Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Gaza and Bashan [Golan] shall fall first to the Asian armies and then be dominated by Israel, which shall dominate the entire Middle East.
Zechariah 11:1 Open thy doors, O Lebanon, that the fire may devour thy cedars [the strength of Lebanon as symbolized by the cedars] .
11:2 Howl, fir tree; for the cedar is fallen; because the mighty are spoiled: howl, O ye oaks of Bashan [Golan Plateau]; for the forest of the vintage [the mighty men and strength of these nations is brought down] is come down.
This speaks of the shepherds living in the region of the river Jordan, the modern nation of Jordan; and is dual, speaking also of the leaders of the nation.
11:3 There is a voice of the howling of the shepherds; for their glory is spoiled: a voice of the roaring of young lions; for the pride of Jordan is spoiled.
Deliver the flock of Israel who are captive; feed them with their oppressors wealth. The oppressor’s will be turned against one another that Israel may be delivered.
11:4 Thus saith the LORD my God; Feed the flock of the slaughter [the nations of Israel];
11:5 Whose possessors slay them, and hold themselves not guilty: and they that sell them say, Blessed be the LORD; for I am rich: and their own shepherds pity them not.
11:6 For I will no more pity the inhabitants of the land, saith the LORD: but, lo, I will deliver the men every one into his neighbour’s hand, and into the hand of his king: and they shall smite the land, and out of their hand I will not deliver them.
“Beauty” a prophecy of the death of Christ and the end of the Mosaic Covenant
The marriage covenant between Israel and Messiah the Christ being called Beauty; and his death breaking the Mosaic Covenant [Beauty] between him and Israel.
11:7 And I will feed the flock of slaughter, even you, O poor of the flock. And I took unto me two staves; the one I called Beauty, and the other I called Bands; and I fed the flock.
The three shepherds were cut off at the time the Mosaic Covenant ended. This prophecy was fulfilled in the first century, with the cutting off of the Mosaic Covenant shepherds of Israel: the physical high priest, the Scribes and the Mosaic Pharisees in Judea.
11:8 Three shepherds also I cut off [from their authority over Israel in the day that the Mosaic Covenant ended with the death of the Husband of Israel. Moses Seat was transferred to “That Prophet” Jesus Christ, at his resurrection!] in one month [the first month]; and my soul lothed them, and their soul also abhorred me [They rejected Messiah and God the Father, and were therefore rejected by God].
The Mosaic Covenant being ended by the murder of the Husband, Yeshua [Jesus] turned away from the physical Mosaic Covenant, and formally espoused himself to a spiritual people of a spiritual Israel who were zealous to keep the whole Word of God.
11:9 Then said I [to Mosaic Israel], I will not feed you: that that dieth, let it die; and that that is to be cut off, let it be cut off [God’s Mosaic Covenant is ended]; and let the rest eat every one the flesh of another.
The marriage covenant between physical Israel and Yahweh which was made at Sinai; was BROKEN by the death of the Husband of Israel; Yahweh, even Jesus Christ.
11:10 And I took my staff, even Beauty [the Beautiful Mosaic Covenant that the people would not keep], and cut it asunder, that I might break my covenant [the Mosaic Covenant] which I had made with all the people.
When Christ was crucified, then the poor in spirit, humble, [as opposed to the proud and self-centered] and submissive to the whole Word of God followed Christ into a spiritual espousal to full unity with Messiah on a spiritual level in a New Covenant proimised in Jer 31:31 and
Ezekiel 36:24 For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.
36:25 Then will I sprinkle clean water [the Water of the Word and Spirit of God] upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.
36:26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
36:27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.
36:28 And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.
This is also a prophecy of spiritual Israel, that the proud and self-centered of the church of God will not enter into the marriage of the Lamb at the resurrection. Only the spiritually humble enough to exalt the whole Word of God, and to follow the Lamb whethersoever he goeth; will be in the resurrection to spirit and eternal life as a part of the collective bride of the New Covenant!
11:11 And it was broken in that day [The Mosaic Covenant “Beauty” was ended on the day of the death of the Husband of Israel]: and so the poor of the flock [the poor in spirit (humble before God)] that waited upon me knew that it was the word of the LORD.
The following verse clinches this prophecy of “Beauty” being about the Mosaic Covenant with Christ.
11:12 And I said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver.
11:13 And the LORD said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prised at of them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the LORD.
BANDS; the brotherhood of Israel/Judah
11:14 Then I cut asunder mine other staff, even Bands, that I might break the brotherhood between Judah and Israel [This was done immediately after the death of Solomon 1 Kings 11:11].
The foolish shepherds are described; which exactly describes the leaders and elders [shepherds] of today.
11:15 And the LORD said unto me, Take unto thee yet the instruments of a foolish shepherd.
11:16 For, lo, I will raise up a shepherd in the land, which shall not visit those that be cut off, neither shall seek the young one, nor heal that that is broken, nor feed that that standeth still: but he shall eat the flesh of the fat, and tear their claws in pieces. [Tear the sheep in pieces for his personal advantage]
The shepherd who does not faithfully give the flock the solid meat of sound doctrine and diligent instructions to zealously and without compromise, keep all the commandments of God; the shepherd who seeks personal advantage: Is a FOOLISH shepherd and will be destroyed by the Eternal.
11:17 Woe to the idol shepherd that leaveth the flock! [To seek his own advantage, and does not teach a passionate zeal for the whole Word of God.] the sword shall be upon his arm [against him], and upon his right eye: his arm shall be clean dried up, and his right eye shall be utterly darkened [blind].
The next three chapters are about the last days and the coming of Christ. The Pharisees [Rabbins] no longer sit in Moses Seat! But the seat of spiritual authority now belongs to “That Prophet” Jesus Christ!
This proper understanding is vital to understand that we are NOT to look to the modern Rabbins for our religion, INCLUDING their anti -Biblical calendar system!
There are many who claim that the modern Pharisees or Rabbins have authority over the Calendar and perhaps other issues; then they deny the Rabbins in dating the Passover and Pentecost, and refuse to follow the Rabbins in much else!
Which is it gentlemen? Do we bow to the falsely supposed and nonexistent authority of those who reject our LORD; or do we accept the authority of the Word of God and Jesus Christ; the true spiritual High Priest of the New Covenant!
The choice is before you brethren: Will you follow idols of men, or will you follow the Lamb [the Word] of God?
Introduction: The Day of The Lord when Babylon [the new Europe] and the nations of the East will be gathered to Jerusalem.
A prophecy of Jerusalem at the coming of Messiah the Christ. The prophecy begins by exalting the Eternal and then quickly turns to Jerusalem
Zechariah 12:1 The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, saith the LORD, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him.
The prophet says that many people will be gathered against Jerusalem at the day of the Lord and they shall be destroyed when Christ comes to Jerusalem to save Jerusalem and Judah.
12:2 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.
12:3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.
In the day of Messiah the King, he shall smite all nations who are gathered at Jerusalem to battle.
12:4 In that day, saith the LORD, I will smite every [war] horse with astonishment, and his rider with madness: and I will open mine eyes upon the house of Judah, and will smite every [warrior and war machine] horse of the people with blindness.
There shall yet be Jews remaining in Jerusalem who will turn to him whom they have pierced and rejoice in him! Rising up to turn on their oppressors with the help of the Deliverer, Messiah the King!
When Christ comes and stands on the Mount of Olives in that day, the leaders of Judah and Jerusalem shall rejoice at their deliverance and shall rise u to fight in the city and across Judea in their God; as the Eternal destroys the armies fighting against Jerusalem.
12:5 And the governors of Judah shall say in their heart, The inhabitants of Jerusalem shall be my strength in the LORD of hosts their God.
As Christ destroys the armies gathered to resist him in the valley; Judah shall sincerely repent and turn to embrace the one that they had pierced, and will fight in that day against the wicked occupiers of Jerusalem and Judea and their attackers.
12:6 In that day will I make the governors of Judah like an hearth of fire among the wood, and like a torch of fire in a sheaf; and they shall devour all the people round about, on the right hand and on the left: and Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place, even in Jerusalem.
The people of Judah shall be saved first and shall rise up to rejoice in him whom they have pierced, and to fight their oppressors by the power of their God; that they may be again united with the ten tribes and the broken Bands may be healed.
Judah shall be saved first that the glory of David [now sovereign in Britain and Scandinavia] not exceed Judah.
12:7 The LORD also shall save the tents of Judah first, that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem do not magnify themselves against Judah.
When Messiah the Christ comes and Judah repents and turns to him; he shall destroy the armies gathered to fight at Jerusalem and will then empower the people of Judah to rise up in the strength of Almighty God to mop up and drive the nations out of the land.
12:8 In that day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the LORD before them.
Messiah will raise up Judah to destroy all the nations that have fought against Judah.
12:9 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.
The Repentance of Judah/Israel and the mourning over their sin! A great repentance will come; and Judah and all Israel will accept the Messiah the Christ and be brought into the spiritual New Covenant of Jeremiah 31.
12:10 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.
12:11 In that day shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalem, as the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megiddon.
12:12 And the land shall mourn [REPENT], every family apart; the family of the house of David apart, and their wives apart; the family of the house of Nathan apart, and their wives apart;
12:13 The family of the house of Levi apart, and their wives apart; the family of Shimei apart, and their wives apart;
12:14 All the families that remain, every family apart, and their wives apart.
A fountain of pure water will spring forth from the Temple Mount, which is representative of the water of life, the Holy Spirit; being given freely to the people in the New Covenant of Jer 31 and Joel 2:28!
Zechariah 13:1 In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for [to replace past sin with holiness] sin and for uncleanness.
Satan and all evil spirits will be removed and restrained! No more will men deceive people away from God to follow idols of men!
13:2 And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD of hosts, that I will cut off the names of the idols out of the land, and they shall no more be remembered: and also I will cause the [false] prophets and the unclean spirit to pass out of the land.
No deceitful teaching contrary to the Word of God [as is done even in the Ekklesia today] will be permitted. Even those closest to them will reject them! Today the assemblies are FULL of false prophets and false teachers, teaching their own ways contrary to the Word of God; while falsely claiming to represent God as they lead people away from any zeal for God to follow idols of men.
13:3 And it shall come to pass, that when any shall yet prophesy [falsely and teach false doctrine], then his father and his mother that begat him shall say unto him, Thou shalt not live; for thou speakest lies in the name of the LORD: and his father and his mother that begat him shall thrust him through when he prophesieth.
The false religious leaders and deceitful elders in today’s church of God, as well as all other false teachers shall be ashamed of their false teachings
13:4 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the prophets shall be ashamed every one of his [false] vision, when he hath prophesied [and his prophecies have failed]; neither shall they wear a rough garment to deceive:
13:5 But [then the false prophets of today will repent and deny his previous claims of greatness] he shall say, I am no prophet, I am an husbandman; for man taught me to keep cattle from my youth.
Jesus Christ will forgive his sincerely repentant people and call those who hated him and have sincerely repented, his friends
13:6 And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.
This correction and humbling will begin with the great tribulation from which only a tiny fraction of Israel shall be delivered alive.
An inset prophecy of Jesus Christ who was smitten and God’s flock scattered. Yet he is risen and will save his faithful little ones.
13:7 Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the LORD of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones.
Then in today’s 42 month affliction only one third shall be saved alive
13:8 And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.
That third shall suffer terribly and shall be corrected and molded and humbled and brought to a sincere whole hearted repentance. This speaks of physical Israel, AND the spiritual Israel of Laodicea.
13:9 And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: [Then] they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.
The Day of the Lord’s coming
The armies of Europe and her allies of Psalm 83 will take Jerusalem at the start of the tribulation and hold it for 42 months, during which period of time one half of Judah in Jerusalem will be deported from the city, while half of the Jewish population of Jerusalem will remain in the city.
Zechariah 14:1 Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee.
14:2 For I will gather all nations [of Asia will go up to fight the remaining army of Europe at Jerusalem] against Jerusalem to battle [at the end of the tribulation]; and the city [Yes the whole city of Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the gentiles for 42 months, Rev 11:2; and then the armies of Asia will come] shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.
Then at the end of 42 months Christ will come with his resurrected chosen and deliver Jerusalem, Judah and Israel!
14:3 Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.
Christ shall come WITH his chosen and they will stand on the Mount of Olives. Then a great earthquake shall split the Mount; that the people, the women and children, may flee the battle.
14:4 And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.
14:5 And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with thee.
This day will be one of dark cloud and gloominess of battle, and the light of the Eternal shall brighten that night and the day.
14:6 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark:
14:7 But it shall be one day which shall be known to the LORD, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light.
These Living waters are a picture of the flowing of the Holy Spirit from the throne of God upon all people.
14:8 And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from [the temple site] Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be.
Ezekiel 47:1 Afterward he brought me again unto the door of the house [Millennial Temple]; and, behold, waters issued out from under the threshold of the house eastward: for the forefront of the house stood toward the east, and the waters came down from under from the right side of the house, at the south side of the altar. Read the whole chapter.
Zechariah 14:9 And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD [Yahweh], and his name one.
14:10 All the land shall be turned as a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem: and it shall be lifted up [as a flat plateau] , and inhabited in her place, from Benjamin’s gate unto the place of the first gate, unto the corner gate, and from the tower of Hananeel unto the king’s winepresses.
14:11 And men shall dwell in it, and there shall be no more utter destruction; but Jerusalem shall be safely inhabited.
The armies of Asia which come up against Jerusalem shall be consumed.
Revelation 14:19 And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. 14:20 And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs [200 miles].
Zechariah 14:12 And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.
14:13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult [overwhelming panic and terror] from the LORD shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbour, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour.
When God has destroyed the armies the men of Judah shall mop up and take the spoils
14:14 And Judah also shall fight at Jerusalem; and the wealth of all the heathen round about shall be gathered together, gold, and silver, and apparel, in great abundance.
Even the animals of the invaders will be destroyed.
14:15 And so shall be the plague of the horse, of the mule, of the camel, and of the ass, and of all the beasts that shall be in these tents, as this plague.
Then ALL nations shall repent and shall know the Eternal (Joel 2:28).
14:16 And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.
And all flesh shall observe the Sabbaths and the New Moons.
Isaiah 66:23 And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the Lord.
Zechariah 14:17 And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain.
14:18 And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that have no rain; there shall be the plague, wherewith the LORD will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.
Keeping the Sabbath and the New Moons is reckoned with keeping the Feast of Tabernacles! Jesus Christ the King will require these three things in the millennium!
Why do supposedly converted leaders and brethren reject the sanctity of the Sabbath and High Days buying in restaurants and otherwise polluting Sabbath and High Days, and reject the new moons today? Why do they condemn those who are zealous in these thing which God obviously wants us to do? Because they are NOT godly men! They make the commandments of God of no effect by the false traditions of men!
14:19 This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all nations that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.
14:20 In that day shall there be upon the bells of the horses, HOLINESS UNTO THE LORD; and the pots in the LORD’s house shall be like the bowls before the altar.
The pots shall be holy that the sacrifice of the peace offerings may be cooked in them. For there shall be peace between man and the Eternal God!
14:21 Yea, every pot in Jerusalem and in Judah shall be holiness unto the LORD of hosts: and all they that sacrifice shall come and take of them, and seethe therein: and in that day there shall be no more the Canaanite [No more sin, for the Canaanite was a allegorical type of sin.] in the house of the LORD of hosts.